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curvoxels team develops seamless 3D printing tech at bartlett school of architecturefeb 17, 2016
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curvoxels team develops seamless 3D printing tech at bartlett school of architecture
all images courtesy of team curvoxels, sin bozkurt

‘spatial curves’ is a experimental, seamless 3D printing project turn it intod at research cluster 4 of the bartlett school of architecture. executed by team curvoxels — hyunchul kwon, amreen kaleel, xiaolin li — under the way of manuel jiménez garcía and gilles retsin, the speculative work is an investigation into the use of robots for large-scale, architectural 3D printing. RC4 has turn it intod a range of objects via the innovation, starting with a replica of verner panton’s famous cantilevered chair for vitra.
curvoxels spatial curves bartlett school architecture3D printed, 2nd generation seat

the team turn it intod a custom extruder, which dispenses 4-6mm thick polymer directly into the air. as the arm follows its designated tool path, the plastic cools in equilibrium. this allows for for not just much additional rapid printing; it in addition means less material, and the aptitude to turn it into highly more detailed, filigree-like structures. a combinatorics algorithm turn it intos a single curvilinear element, which is translated into a continuous kilometers-long extrusion. thus, printing never has to cease.

video courtesy of hyunchul kwon

but the printing device is just valid if it has a thing to print. first, every object — the panton chair in this instance — is ‘voxelized’, a process in which the structure is divided into 3-dimensional pixels. once this is done, voxels are translated into a basic, editable spatial curve which is modified
to generate an overall pattern through the geometry. voxels alter dimensions depending on the amount of stress in its particular location, which results in the distribution of different types of material densities which manufacture the object structural.
curvoxels spatial curves bartlett school architecture2nd generation
‘curvoxels’ chair
curvoxels spatial curves bartlett school architecturechair profile
curvoxelsdesignboom04textural surface high end
curvoxelsdesignboom03third generation chair more detail
‘curvoxels’ spiral staircase
the method allows for for seamless printed structure
curvoxels spatial curves bartlett school architectureprinting process
curvoxelsdesignboom023D printing process
curvoxels spatial curves bartlett school architecture‘curvoxels’ chair simulations via combinatorial process

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edited by: nick brink | designboom

Kwon, Hyunchul
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